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Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 98 19:17:59 PDT
Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 00:59:50 -0400
Subject: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

> Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 13:59:25 -0500 (CDT)
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> From: Dennis Stacy <dstacy@texas.net>
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

> >Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 00:44:55 +0100
> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> >From: John Rimmer <johnr@magonia.demon.co.uk>
> >Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

> To no individual in particular, but Jerry Clark recently
> mentioned Charles Fort as an influence on this thread, and as
> coincidence would have it, I was working on some Fort material
> today and came across the enclosed, from p. 62 of Fort's The Book
> of the Damned. I call the excerpt "Honest Opinion," but of course
> everyone is free to choose their own title:

> "Our own acceptance is that justice cannot be in an intermediate
> existence, in which there can be approximation only to justice or
> to injustice; that to be fair is to have no opinion at all; that
> to be honest is to be uninterested; that to investigate is to
> admit prejudice; that nobody has ever really investigated
> anything, but has always sought positively to prove or disprove
> something that was conceived of, or suspected, in advance."

Hi, Dennis and everybody,

Wise, but Fort's expression particularly of the last sentence is
one of the now-obvious, with few outside CSICOP believing in what
Henry Bauer calls-- in a generally dismissive sense -- "textbook
science" (others have more unflattering phrases).
I sort of think of science -- and ufology and any other inquiry
-- as a kind of marketplace, with stiff competition among a whole
lot of interested parties, some, a few, or one or two turn out to
have the real goods and get to stay in business longer than the
rest, though not necessarily forever.


Jerry Clark

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